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Fernando Garcia-Dory Jeju Museum of Art

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Fernando Garcia-Dory’s (b.1978) work engages specifically with the relationship between culture and nature now, as manifested in multiple contexts, from landscape and the rural, to desires and expectations concerned with identity, through to global crisis, utopia and the potential for social change. He studies Fine Arts and Rural Sociology and is interested in the harmonic complexity of biological forms and processes, his work addresses connections and cooperation, from microorganisms to social systems, and from traditional art languages such as drawing to collaborative agroecological projects, actions, and cooperatives. He has held exhibitions at Museo Reina Sofia Madrid, Tate Britain London, Medialab Madrid, Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona and participated in Art Catalyst London, Gwangju Biennale(2016), Istanbul Biennale(2015), Vienna Biennale(2014), ARCO Art Fair Madrid(2014), Athens Biennale(2013), Lisbon Triennale(2013), ARCO Madrid(2013), FREIZE London(2013), doCUMENTA 13 Kassel(2012).

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Fernando García-Dory (Madrid, Spain 1978) has been working on the relation nature-culture and how the arts could play a role in rural regeneration and new forms of agriculture. In 2009 he started INLAND, an organization that brings together artists, farmers, policy makers in different rural locations around the world. Usually in long term processes, INLAND develops tools and interventions that question prevalent models of growth and pose another possible notion of "good life" in which collective forms of relating art, farming and territory are central.
For Jeju, it creates a learning room with different archive materials of past works, one about the Dream Farms model for self-sufficiency in tropical islands, and a collection of proposals INLAND made for places under pressure by mass tourism, like Mallorca Island (Spain), Lake District (United Kingdom) and South Tirol (Italy). This archive is to be continued in Jeju with a workshop the artist will led together with island´s representatives from the farming sector, tourism boards and local government. The built elements in the space represents domestic-size silkworms farms and Jeju island scale model, symbolizing both the menace of voracious tourism finishing with the island´s resources and the promise of metamorphosis into a more sustainable and a less dependent farms & crafts productive economy model.

  • Fernando Garcia Dory
  • INLAND JEJU. A proposal for a regeneration system, 2017
  • Installation, ink print, silkworms and ceramic sculpture